WAXAHACHIE — With the groundbreaking of the long-anticipated "field of dreams" less than two months away, the Waxahachie Rotary Club presented the Ellis County Miracle League with a donation check of $25,000 at its weekly meeting. The donation, presented by David Hill on Thursday, Jan. 12, will pay for a portion of the construction of the Miracle League's facilities in phase one of the two-phase project.

Over the years, Rotary has made generous donations to multiple organizations and businesses, such as the Senior Center, Hope Clinic, Waxahachie Care and Baylor Scott and White — Waxahachie.

“Our club has a big heart. When the project came, we knew how important it would be. We have thousands of children and citizens with special needs in the county that can benefit from this,” Hill said. “We thought we would throw in our money and challenge the Waxahachie Lion’s Club, the Odd Fellows and whoever else to throw in as well.”

Before the presentation, YMCA of Waxahachie Director Jon McLaughlin, Miracle League president Jim Markle, and program director Jennifer Smolka spoke to the club explaining the Miracle League and their plans.

Smolka previously shared with the WDL, “Inclusive play opportunities aren’t just for our youth with disabilities. It’s truly about engaging the whole family. We heard a testimony from Summer Sauceda, mother of six-year-old Alec, who played with us this summer. She told how playing this summer provided great benefits to him, but she also found great opportunities to connect and get support from another parent.”

For more information or to make volunteer or donation requests about the Ellis County Miracle League visit http://miracleleagueec.com/#our-story.

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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